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Grateful Dead Live at Cape Cod Coliseum on 1979-10-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Cape Cod Coliseum on 1979-10-27

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Candyman, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Easy To Love You, Minglewood Blues, Stagger Lee, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Dancin' In The Streets-> Franklin's Tower, He's Gone-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) Jam-> The Other One-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around & Around, E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Cape Cod Coliseum
Location South Yarmouth, MA

Source Audience Recording
Lineage MAC (Taped by Steve Rolfe, Nakamichi CM-700 mics > Sony TC-158) > DAT > CD > Samsung SW-232B extraction (EAC v0.9 beta 4) > tracking (CD Wave) > sector boundary verification (shntool v1.01) > .shn encoding (mkwACT v0.97 beta 1)
Taped by Steve Rolfe


MAC (Taped by Steve Rolfe, Nakamichi CM-700 mics > Sony TC-158) > DAT > CD > Samsung SW-232B extraction (EAC v0.9 beta 4) > tracking (CD Wave) > sector boundary verification (shntool v1.01) > .shn encoding (mkwACT v0.97 beta 1)


Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2015
Subject: Back into Dancin
Phil throws the Dancin riff out 2 or 3 times around the 14: 30. As we all know they fed off each other and the little hints at things to go back and forth into songs. These Cape Cod shows are so off the charts and so many's favorite shows could U imagine if it were Dancin Franklins Dancin Franklins.
Would take it from 7 starts to 77 in a minute. This recording is amazing too.........
Reviewer: RFKROX - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2008
Subject: Another Killer Show from 1979!
This is a KILLER show!!

I don’t know what it is about these Fall/Winter shows from 1979, but I definitely keep coming back to them. Maybe with the release of “Road Trips Vol. I”, it’s like awakening a sleeping giant (as in Garcia). LOL

This first set rocks! It’s not your typical first set, but every song is played with incredible energy and precision. Any time a show starts with Jack Straw, you know you are in for a treat. It’s easy to see how Garcia came from country, folk, and blue grass roots with the way he plays guitar in Me and My Uncle and Big River! That’s just classic boogie music at its best! And if you want to know how Garcia and Mydland developed such incredible chemistry, all’s you have to do is listen to this version of Brown Eyed Women. The guitar and keyboards are totally in sync! Stagger Lee is super mellow and Bob Weir’s rhythm guitar and incredible vocals are easily displayed on Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > while ending the set with a kick-ass version of Deal (Garcia’s trademark). I love that song!

When Garcia released his first solo record in 1972, Deal was certainly the centerpiece of that album! If you don’t own “All Good Things” (the 6-CD box set from Jerry Garcia), go to his website and buy it! It’s awesome. It has his 5 studio CDs, plus 4 hours of previously unreleased studio music. On the 1972 solo record, Garcia handled the vocals as well as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass, piano and organ duties. The album was co-written by Grateful Dead percussionist Bill Kreutzmann (who plays drums on the record) and longtime Grateful Dead/Garcia lyricist Robert Hunter. The remastered edition of Garcia features the album's original ten songs plus eight bonus tracks, including alternate takes of "Sugaree" and "Loser." Anyone who doesn’t have Garcia as their top 5 guitarists need to have their head examined! Plus his vocals have truly been missed since his death in 1995.

Set 2 from this show is as good as Set 1. I’m not a huge Dancin’ fan, but I really like this version. Brent’s vocals on this song are better than Donna’s versions (except maybe from the ’77 shows (like the Philly Spectrum on 4-22, Palladium, NY on 5-4, and Barton Hall, Cornell Univ. on 5-8). The transition into Franklin is off-the-hook! And what can you say about a 21-minute Frankin’s Tower? May be one of the best of all time!! Any time you have He’s Gone (an incredible 13+ minutes) before the boys propel you into The Other One > Drums > NFA > and then into Black Peter, you have the foundation for one great show!

And check out the next night at Cape Cod! I agree with Purple Gel…it’s just as good as the first night! He’s seen them over 230 times, so pay attention to his reviews. He knows what the hell is talking about! If he says the 2nd set is the best he ever saw in over 230 shows, then obviously he knows what the hell he is talking about! I would have given anything to be at both shows on 5-27 and 5-28, being wasted and having an incredible time in that coliseum where the atmosphere was electric, hot, and jammin’!

And any show that is remastered by Charlie Miller (check the 2nd soundboard version) – download it! They are easily the best sounding boards out there!

Danny from Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.
East-Coast Deadhead

Reviewer: walterbedingfield415 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2007
Subject: 10/27/79 SBD vs AUD
well, i think everyone knows that this is an amazing show and prob. the best of the year. that being said, i have had the SBD from this show for years and listened to it frequently but always found it to be lacking something. It sounds kinda flat to me. upon listenting to this AUD I have to say that i doubt the SBD will be getting much play anymore. The main prob. I have from boards of this era is that brent's el.piano and synth are WAY out in front and can sometimes overwhelm jerry. Auds from this era seem to fix that problem for me. really gives everyone equal volume in the mix. also, check out the roll to open the other one, holy shit
Reviewer: josewavo - favoritefavorite - January 31, 2006
Subject: barely
Really not there...the first set is a struggle for the band, listen to enough shows and you can hear it but the sound my friends is also a struggle. Yes, I was one of the spoiled ones who downloaded many, many shows during the past year and now I cannot believe we have to put up with this shallow sounding stuff...not that I don't appreciate it but the clarity is too much missed. Happy hunting but this show is a throwback to the days when we traded cassettes through the mail.
Reviewer: brokencompass - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2005
Subject: Phil
I was front row at this show. Horribly smashed against the front barrier. Like a lot of '79 shows there are some great moments. The Dancin' was great and the Franklin's is very energetic. but the highlight undoubtedly is the beginning of The Other One, at the 1:30 mark Phil absolutely obliterates the room. His signature run was so loud and powerful the crowd was literally blown back 2 feet (the only breathing room we had all night). It was such powerful low frequency that my balls actually hurt after experiencing it.
Viva Phil!! I woulda given 5 stars but those are reserved fot the Louisvile '74's and Fillmore '70's
Reviewer: JesterJSNWMF - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2005
Subject: Going our way?
This is the top of my list for shows that just shook the universe. From the very first note we knew we were lost in a wonderful experience. I was 16 and had just seen my first shows at Red Rocks earlier in the summer...I was convinced that these were gods we were bowing and bopping before. Every song was jammed w/ lots of space for the solos to maneuver. Take for instance the jam going into Big river - not just some shplackety-splack rush to the lyrics. They hung out and let the country feel flow, a la grateful dead. No real explosions from a song-selection point of view, (if you take away the Dancin'- Franklin's.) But the energy, the Phil bombs, that He's gone that made you cry, the Other One with Brent's introduction of synthesizer to the whole crazy mess. The crowd stamping Not Fade Away for 10minutes after the last note was played. This recording sounds the way it should, with a fair-share of crowd. This was one of those crowd/band interactions that we longed for as Dead heads...I thought it would always be this way..
Reviewer: DeadtotheHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2005
Subject: Dancing > Franklin's
Great Show, but if you truly want to hear the best transition from Dancin'>Franklin's, download 11/9/79
Reviewer: redsox87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2005
Subject: Red Sox Prophecy..............
Cape Cod 25 years before the Sox win it all and the Dead only play on CC twice ever? Wild coincidence. Finding this site has taken over my life. For a guy from the Boston area how can you not give this one a listen?
Reviewer: Spelunki - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2005
Subject: 7 star show
By 7 stars, I mean better than 5 stars. I've downloaded a couple of hundred shows now, and only a truly great disc in my collection gets a YEE-HAH sticker. This whole show gets a sticker, but what can I say about the second set? It stunned me. Everything was perfectly played. As they say in the Buddhist sutras: Rose petals fell from the Heavens.

Set 2 can be burned in two cool ways. The first way is to do Dancin' into Not Fade Away. I think that you will like this a lot.

But then, I realized that Set 2 could be burned in an alternate, just as entertaining running order. So I tried He's Gone to the end, and got just as genius results.

Both results come up as 7 stars to me. Thank you Internet Archives.
Reviewer: herschelkrustofsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2004
Subject: great audience recording
Since this is my first review, let me begin by thanking Al Gore for inventing the internet so as to make this all possible. The Archive is a truly wonderous corner of cyberspace, we are lucky to have it. True thanks to the tapers and those who put this stuff up here for us.

I love the sound of this recording. I had the soundboard and found it kind of flat. This recording is full and round and puts you in the room. You can feel the energy flying around the place throughout but I find it particularly palpable during the Dancin'.

Does anyone else out there have a preference for a good crisp audience? (not that there is anything wrong with a pristine soundboard from time to time). For me the audience criteria of import is the presence of Phil in the recording and this has one has plenty of Phil. If you share those tastes check out Alaska 6/20-21/80, Florida 11/29/80, Rochester summer 88. Any otther suggestions out there?

I saw my shows 85-95 but am right now prefering 79-80. Somehow there is much more space / room in the playing and in the recordings which give each performer the room to shine. This show is a top notch document of this era.
Reviewer: deadtothecore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2004
Subject: nice aud
Good aud of a very nice show. The Dancin>Frankin's 2nd set opener is fantastic.
He's Gone>TOO is sick
Reviewer: Peacefuljon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2004
Subject: Double Phil...Other One
Don't be fooled by the source Audience recording because it sounds fantastic...SBD 's can't pick up this kind of magic..He's gone> The Other ONE Jam OTHER. Big BASS...
A MUST....

Reviewer: Darkstr56 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2004
Subject: GDEAD 10-27-79
This is one hell of a smokin good show!!! The first set is very tight and well played, but the second set is just over the edge. Monster jams in almost every tune, especially the He's Gone jam. Well worth the download.

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